ABC’s new television show, “Selfie,” is going to make you laugh…and possibly reevaluate some life choices. But most importantly? Karen Gillan returns to a TV near you as the star of this upcoming comedy!
What’s that one quote, something about art holding up a mirror to society? Karen Gillan’s newest comedy, “Selfie,” is certainly going to be doing a lot of that, if the synopsis is anything to go by. Created by Emily Kapnek (known for her work on sitcoms “Suburgatory” and “As Told By Ginger”), “Selfie” is a modern take on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmallion” and it’s musical counterpart, “My Fair Lady” (which starred Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 movie adaption). In the original story, a flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, is taken in by a professor and given elocution lessons to fit in with proper English society. How does that translate today?
Gillan will play Eliza Dooley, a social media obsessed 20-something, who cares more for how many comments she gets or times she’s retweeted or likes she has than for how many people actually like her.
When a very public and humiliating breakup goes viral, Dooley finds herself bombarded with more social media attention than she knows what to do with. Cue the entrance of our modern-day elocution expert, a marketing expert to help Dooley reclaim her public image.
This won’t be Gillan’s first foray into comedy as the actress previously played a minor role in the Adult Swim Parody of Law and Order, “NTSF: SD: SUV.” Previous projects for the actress include the role of Nebula in the upcoming Marvel flick, “Guardians of the Galaxy”; the British romantic comedy, “Not Another Happy Ending”; and the 2013 horror film, “Occulus.” This is the first television role for the Scottish native since she left “Doctor Who” in the fall of 2013.
ABC has yet to announce when the “Selfie” pilot will air, but it’s confirmed that the single camera production will be penned and produced by Kapnek while Julie Anne Robinson will direct the pilot.